Science, Technology & Society B.S.
The Science, Technology and Society degree program offers an advantage to students entering the markets of technical and scientific employment due to the critical-thinking and social policy components inherent in the program. Students will be prepared to deal not only with the technical and scientific aspects of their field, but with an understanding of how those aspects integrate with the ethics and policies related to their work.
Students will work through how science and technology interact with social domains through both theoretical and hands-on approaches. The curriculum is designed to start students off with grounding in the basic ideas of science and technology studies, as well as a strong background in the practice of science itself.
From there, students will begin to select more specific concentrations – choosing both upper division electives in the discipline, as well as a 36 credit sequence in a specific technical area.
Finally, the student's experience will culminate in a synthetic capstone requirement, where he or she will work on a project that brings together the technical focus with theoretical tools of analysis. After 124 hours of course work, each graduate will emerge with a skill set that includes insight into and practice with the processes of scientific and technological institutions and their resulting social and ethical impacts.
The structure of the curriculum gives students a grounding in the basic theoretical approaches to the field as they begin their technical training, and continues with a series of specially-designed theoretical courses throughout the four years.
Beginning in the first year, the curriculum also offers students a range of possible electives where they can fill out their own designs and interests with a coherent balance of lower- and upper-division technical and Science, Technology and Society elective courses.
In addition, the students from the two tracks – natural resources and computer information technology – will come together in the final year to work on projects that synthesize the overall experience.